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5. Habs fall again
The Montreal Canadiens now need a big comeback if they’re going to make it to the Stanley Cup final. The Canadiens lost 3-1 to the Rangers last night and the series now shifts to New York for the next two games with the Rangers leading 2-0. Montreal is without its Olympic gold-medal-winning goalie Carey Price for the rest of the series. Game 3 is Thursday night at Madison Square Garden. Tomorrow night it’s Game 2 of the western final with Chicago leading L.A. 1-0.
Some new public art in a downtown park may have been inspired by the wrong person. Most people are familiar with the Jack Purcell Community Centre and park, just off Elgin Street in downtown Ottawa. There’s some new art in the park that depicts giant badminton rackets. Jack Purcell was a five-time Canadian badminton champion who died in 1991. But that Jack Purcell was from Guelph. The Ottawa man after whom the park was named was a retired postal worker from the neighbourhood who was renowned for mending hockey sticks and giving them to local children.
3. Campaign trail
The party leaders are back in full swing as the Ontario election campaign continues today. Victoria Day was quiet on the campaign trail. P.C. Leader Tim Hudak appeared yesterday at a carpentry workshop. He said he wants government to get off the backs of small businesses and promised to reduce the regulatory burden on business by at least one-third. He said small business should be creating jobs, not the government. And he said the Liberal government is spending too much time telling business owners what to do. He also continued to accuse Kathleen Wynne of running a negative campaign.
2. Trudeau backpedals
Justin Trudeau appears to be modifying his position on abortion. The Liberal Leader sent out a letter yesterday saying his new policy is simply to clarify that the party will vote as one if the issue comes before Parliament. But he said the party remains open to members with a diversity of views on the subject. He wrote, “Canadians of all views are welcome within the Liberal Party of Canada. But under my leadership, incoming Liberal MPs will always vote in favour of a woman’s fundamental rights.” He also reiterated that his distinction between his views and his religion was inspired by his father, who was deeply religious but also legalized divorce and decriminalized homosexuality.
1. Gun found
Ottawa Police found a loaded gun in a vehicle in the Byward Market yesterday morning. Police say they were called to the scene after hearing reports of gunshots. They stopped a car on George Street and found the loaded gun. Two men have now been charged with close to a dozen firearms related charges. Police say one of them is a known gang member who was charged with attempted murder in 2008 after a shooting in a restaurant parking lot and faced firearms charges in 2009.
Coming up today on Madely in the Morning:
7:40 - Mark's Top 5
7:55 - The News Challenge Contest. Today you could win:
- A $50 City of Ottawa recreation gift certificate to help with your New Year's resolutions. Use it for fitness memberships, swimming lessons, dance classes and more. A listing of over 1000 courses and activities is available at ottawa.ca/recreation
- Two tickets to "9 to 5: The Musical" from the Orpheus Musical Theatre Society--- a musical comedy version of the popular 80's movie---a hilarious story of friendship and revenge. At Centerpointe Theatre from May 30 to June 8.
8:10 - S/Sgt. Michael Haarbosch, Robbery Unit, Ottawa Police
8:40 - Niki Ashton, NDP MP - Churchill Manitoba
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The Lowell Green Show - 10a-Noon --- It's a 2 hour cruise to the "Island of Sanity" each weekday morning as Lowell Green navigates listeners through to the real issues that are affecting Ottawa.